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Triboelectric Generators and Sensors

United States Patent Application

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A triboelectric power system includes a triboelectric generator, a rechargeable energy storage unit and a power management circuit. The rechargeable energy storage unit is associated to the triboelectric generator. The power management circuit is configured to receive an input current from the triboelectric generator and to deliver an output current corresponding to the input current to the rechargeable battery so that the output current has a current direction and a voltage that will recharge the rechargeable battery.
Wang, Zhong Lin (Atlanta, GA), Wang, Sihong (Atlanta, GA), Zhu, Guang (Atlanta, GA), Zhou, Yusheng (Atlanta, GA), Chen, Jun (Atlanta, GA), Bai, Peng (Atlanta, GA)
14/ 447,132
July 30, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0002] This invention was made with government support under agreement No. DE-FG02-07ER46394, awarded by the Department of Energy, and under agreement No. CMMI-0946418, awarded by the National Science Foundation. The government has certain rights in the invention.